the city at a glance
interesting st. catharines
In 1808, the name “St. Catharines” The 1975 Rush song, ‘Lakeside Park’ St. Catharines is home to Brock University
appeared for the first time on a survey, was based on Neil Peart’s memories of (established 1964), which is located on the
named after Robert Hamilton’s wife. summer celebrations near his family Niagara Escarpment. Brock is the only
home in Port Dalhousie. university in Canada that offers an Honours
The Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW) was Bachelor of Science in Oenology and
named after King George VI and Queen Viticulture. In 2005, Brock had the
Elizabeth who visited in 1939. This pleasure of hosting a wine tasting, in
marked the first time that a reigning which Canadian wines outperformed
British Monarch had visited Canada. the best French wines.
Salt springs were discovered along the St. Catharines was the final destination
Twelve Mile Creek. This resulted in of the Underground Railroad. Harriet
St. Catharines becoming a premiere site Tubman, Rev. Anthony Burns and John
for health spas, as the mineral waters were Brown all have links to St. Catharines.
well known for their medicinal properties. St. Catharines was the first location in
Montebello Park was St. Catharines’ first the world to have a working interurban
parkland, and was designed by Frederick electric streetcar route, which ran
between the downtown and Merritton
Law Olmsted in 1887. He later went on
and was eventually extended to Port
to create New York City’s Central Park.
Dalhousie in the North and Thorold
Lakeside Park ‘s Carousel, which was built to the South. It was decommissioned
around 1900 in Rhode Island, housed an Martindale Pond is home to the annual in the 1960s, and the right-of-way has
1867 organ whose calliope music still Royal Canadian Henley Regatta. This since been converted to parks and trails.
dances in the air near the sandy beach. world-class event brings over 3,000 men
The REO, the first car to travel across
For just a nickel, you can still ride the and women from over 150 rowing clubs,
Canada from coast-to-coast in the fall
and is the largest event of its kind in
beautifully hand-carved animals. of 1912, was made in St. Catharines.
North America. This venue was also the
St. Catharines official nickname, “The site for the 1970 and 1999 FISA World In the 1920’s, Gideon Sundback put
Garden City,” is a result of its 1,000 acres Rowing Championships, and will host St. Catharines on the fashion map when
of beautiful parks, gardens and trails. the 2010 FISA World Rowing Masters. he invented the zipper.
st. cathar es celebrities
• Steve Bauer - former pro bicycle racer • Alexisonfire members Dallas Green, • Dick Pound - former International
• Brian Bellows - former NHL forward Wade McNeil, and Chris Steele Olympic Committee Vice-
with the Minnesota North Stars and • Stan Mikita - NHL Hall of Famer President and current chairman of
Montréal Canadiens the World Anti-Doping Agency
• Anna Olson - celebrity chef and
• Marilyn Bodogh - 2 time World host of ‘Fresh’ on FoodNetwork • Ron Sexsmith - singer/songwriter
Curling Champion • Walter Ostanek - Grammy award • Dave Thomas - actor/comedian
• Ed Burtynsky - photographer winning polka king • Buffy Williams (nee. Alexander) -
• Gerry Cheevers - former NHL • Neil Peart - author and drummer/ Rower who won Bronze at the
goaltender with the Toronto Maple lyricist of Rush 2000 Summer Olympic Games
Leafs and Boston Bruins • Andrew Peters - NHL forward with • Richard Wright - author
• Howard Engel - author the Buffalo Sabres
• Linda Evangelista - supermodel
you’re in... now what?
enterta ing st. cathar es
After a long day of meetings, strategizing or competitions, you’ll want to know that there are a wide range of options
available to you and your groupin St. Catharines - you’ll find it all. Tourism Services can help facilitate any of the
options listed below.
Let Us Wine & Dine You
• Savour award-winning wines along
Niagara’s Wine Route rimmed
with vineyards. Learn about the
history of winemaking at the only
wine museum in Canada, all while
experiencing the flavour of Niagara
Wines, or learn how to plant and
tend for your own grapevine.
• Experience a private guided tour of
lush orchards and roadside markets. Four Fabulous Seasons A Blast From The Past
Sample a variety of produce created
by local farmers and enjoy Farm-to-
to Explore • St. Catharines is home to the world’s
largest in-land water system. Visit
Table delights during your visit. • Winter offers the unique opportunity
Lock 3 and marvel as giant ships slip
to experience Icewine at one
• Create culinary delights in a gourmet through the locks within an arm’s
of our icebars. Learn the art of
cooking class lead by internationally reach of the raised viewing platform.
creating beautiful indoor and
renowned Chefs, or simply sit back • Re-live the simple life with a tour of
outdoor arrangements with basket
and enjoy a product demonstration a19th century restored Grist Mill. Or
demonstrations at local heritage
that you can take home to impress enjoy the tranquility of Decew Falls
homes and farms.
your friends and family. perched atop the Niagara Escarpment
• Spring starts off sweet with the and adjacent to the walking paths of
• Visit one of Ontario’s oldest enclosed
maple syrup harvest and brings the Bruce Trail.
Farmers’ Markets. Open year round
sticky treats. Enjoy Canada’s sweet
and featuring local baked goods, • ““Follow the North Star” exhibit
nectar and tour the time honoured
fresh cheese, farm-raised meat, crafts, chronicles the harrowing journey of
traditions carried through to this day.
flowers and much more. runaway slaves via the Underground
• Summer catches us in bloom with Railroad at the St. Catharines Museum.
• Feast on a bounty of Farm-to-
fields, parks, homes, and vineyards Every season brings a new interactive
Table cuisine in one of our many
alive with colour. Stroll the shores exhibit that’s fun for the whole family.
outstanding restaurants, or perhaps
of Lake Ontario and cruise the
a catered picnic in beautiful
streets of Port Dalhousie, our quaint The Two Faces of Art
harbourside village. Visit the two • Visual: Rodman Hall Arts Centre is
historic lighthouses, fine restaurants, a majestic former estate that is now
and boutique-style shops, or take a home to a significant collection of
ride on a historic carousel – still only Canadian Art. Peruse the Art Reference
5 cents! Library, enjoy the Gallery Shops, or walk
through the 10 acres of gardens in the
• Some say Fall, we say Harvest, where
heart of the city.
our farmers’ best offerings are on
display in the markets, restaurants, • Performing: Brock University Centre
and stores for all to savour. This for the Arts showcases internationally
is the best time of year to take a acclaimed musical artists and theatrical
hike! Short Hills Provincial Park is productions. The Theatre in Port offers
735 hectares of rare plant species, live theatre paired with delicious meals.
wildlife, and exotic vegetation Music lovers will appreciate the sounds
of Niagara’s own world-class orchestra,
dressed in all of autumn’s splendour.
the Niagara Symphony.r
outside the conference room
indulg g in st. cathar es
din g and enterta ment
We have fabulous restaurants to suit every taste and budget – from family diners to
British-style pubs, bistros, cafes, pizza parlours, national chains, and fine dining. For
a good night out you’ll find live bands, dinner theatre, cinemas, and more.
restaurant/ catering guide
Below is a snapshot of the
restaurants in St. Catharines and
some of the facilities they offer.
2793 Beacon Blvd. (Best Western)
East Side Marios
332 Ontario Street
2 Dunlop Drive (Comfort Inn)
3530 Schmon Pkway (Four Points)
JJ Kapps Backyard BBQ
327 Ontario Street (Quality Hotel)
Perkins Family Restaurant
89 Meadowvale Dr. (Howard Johnson)
Cost - Budget Wheelchair Access
Spice of Life
12 Lock Street
ph: 905-937-9027 Groups Accepted Parking Available
Vecera Restaurant & Wine Bar Reservations
2 North Service Rd. (Holiday Inn) Cost - Moderate Recommended
Wrigley’s Field Sports Bar/Grill
89 Meadowvale Dr. (Howard Johnson)
Cost - Luxury
Little Shop of Lobsters A great alternative to dining out - prepared seafood to go lets you
8 Lake Street enjoy picnic in the park, or a night in. Little Shop of Lobsters also
ph: 905-937-9991 offers event catering and more.
outside the conference room
shopp g Fairview Mall Port Dalhousie Business Association
285 Geneva Street, St. Catharines 201-17 Lock Street, St. Catharines
Ph: 905-646-3165 Ph: 905-937-4783
You’ll find great shopping in the
city including antique and boutique Newly renovated, Fairview Mall offers over
60 retail shops and services including Zellers,
shops, local area souvenirs, home
Zehrs, Chapters, Future Shop, SportChek, Enjoy this quaint harbour front village, the
made clothing, local artisans, as well home of the first three canals, which sits
LCBO and Winners. Enjoy a tasty meal in our
as large shopping outlets with all the along the shores of Lake Ontario. Port is
Food Court, Swiss Chalet or Shoeless Joe’s.
most popular brand name stores. home to several wonderful restaurants, live
Easily accessible from the QEW exit at Lake
You’ll want to bring home a little theatre, wonderful shops, marina, original
Street in St. Catharines.
Looff Carousel, and a lush history.
piece of St. Catharines!
221 Glendale Avenue, St. Catharines
Downtown Association Ph: 905-682-8645
12 Ontario Street, St. Catharines email@example.com
Ph: 905-685-8424 www.thepencentre.com
With 180 stores and services and 1 million
sq. ft. of shopping fun, the Pen Centre is
Downtown St. Catharines offers a unique home to the most popular stores and brands.
shopping experience, casual to fine dining Call us for customer service or group tours.
with the best selection of cultural cuisine to Easily accessible from the QEW via Highway 406
tempt any palate; all surrounded by a historic at Glendale Avenue in St. Catharines, the Pen
ambiance second to none. Centre is just 20 minutes west of Niagara Falls.
5 Senses 4 Seasons
Taste rich blackberries, soft buttery finish with toasty undertones – add
or 905-641-1030 a wine tasting to your conference or event
3290 Ninth Street
Smell fresh herbs and delicate aromas of Windows on Rockway – full
St. Catharines dining room and catering
ON L2R 6P7
See breathtaking views, broad rolling valleys and great towering pines
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Reward your 5 senses at Rockway Glen.
18 Hole Golf • Winery & Museum • Dining & Banquet • Golf & Dine Packages
St. Catharines is a city that loves to celebrate, and we invite you to join in!
St. Catharines has extensive Whatever time of year you visit, you’ll have a fabulous selection of festivals
experience in hosting conferences,
and events to choose from.
meetings, tours, and sporting
events of every size and duration.
Niagara Folk Arts Festival Niagara Wine Festival
The following is a short list of some Ph: 905-685-6589 ext. 236 Ph: 905-688-0212
of the recent events that were held www.folk-arts.ca www.niagarawinefestival.com
in St. Catharines. We’re proud to In 2009, Canada’s oldest cultural festival Join our ‘Wine Country’ celebration of
say they were all great successes. celebrates its 41st Birthday! The festival has Niagara’s internationally acclaimed grape
Contact us today, and join in their grown from its first colourful affair in its and wine industry. More than 100 events
great company. infancy to a 17-day cultural extravaganza. including; winery tours and tastings,
Ethnic dances, music, pageants, food, and concerts, Niagara cuisine, wine seminars,
customs are plentiful at individual club open outstanding entertainment and one of
Conferences & Conventions
houses throughout the City, culminating Canada’s largest parades. Selected as
• Great Lake St. Lawrence Mayors’ Ontario’s Cultural Event of the Year for three
with a weekend showcase of Canadian talent
Conference years in a row.
in Montebello Park. Don’t miss: Ambassador’s
• World Canals Conference Dinner/Dance, Open Houses, and Folk Arts
• Congress of the Humanities & in the Park on the last weekend. Celebrate
Social Sciences “Learneds” being Canadian with top-notch artists,
international foods and family programs.
• Ontario Plumbing Association
• Seaway Marine Conference
• Lions Convention
• Anglican Synod Conference Niagara Icewine Festival
Sporting Events www.niagarawinefestival.com
• AE Silverstick Hockey Tournament For ten days in January the Niagara region
• Bantam Girls National Fast Pitch is transformed into a wintry wonderland,
celebrating one of Canada’s most cherished
• CHAOS Girls Hockey Tournament products, Ontario Icewine. From Gala
Niagara New Vintage Festival
• World Rowing Championships Ph: 905-688-0212 evenings, ornate ice bars and Icewine dinners,
to roasting chestnuts, decadent dessert
• World University Games www.niagarawinefestival.com
pairings and educational winery tours along
• Ontario Senior Games Join more than 30 Ontario wineries at one Niagara’s famed wine route, the 15th edition
of Canada’s premier spring events, as we of the Niagara Icewine Festival offers plenty
• Ontario Games for the Physically
present the first taste of Niagara’s award-
Disabled for every taste. Join the celebration.
winning wines. Enjoy tours, tastings and
• Canadian Junior Lacrosse special events all celebrating the first taste of Winterfest
Championships Ontario’s newest wines. Ph: 905-688-0212
• Canadian Junior Curling Winterfest in the Square: A celebration of the
Championships Dragon Boat Festival
Ph: 984-8880 Icewine Festival set in Market Square. Join us
• Regional Ontario Baseball www.stcatharinesdragonboat.org for an evening of wine, culinary and arts.
The City of St. Catharines Museum presents
• National Powerlifting the 10th Annual Dragon Boat Festival. Get
Championships involved or be a spectator on the waters of
• John A MacDonald Hockey the Historic Henley as Dragon Boat teams
Tournament from Niagara and beyond compete for a day
of family fun and competition. Call for more
• Nike Bauer
information or to register your team.